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  • Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    In this activity, students use scientific evidence and reasoning to construct an explanation of and develop an argument for tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    In this activity, students analyze data to investigate tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Asking Scientific Questions

    Asking Scientific Questions

    Lessons

    In this activity, students practice developing and analyzing creative scientific questions.

  • Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Lessons

    In this activity, students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time.

  • Using Images as Phenomena

    Using Images as Phenomena

    Lessons

    This hands-on activity engages students in asking questions about phenomena using images from the Image of the Week Collection.

  • Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will be guided through making observations from trail camera data in Gorongosa National Park, the development and investigation of a scientifically testable research question, and analysis of their results.

  • Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will calculate species richness, evenness, and the Shannon diversity index for various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park, and then investigate the impact of human activity in these habitats.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Lessons

    In this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.

  • Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Lessons

    In this activity students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene and use it to formulate an explanation as to how a specific difference in the corn version of the gene explains the phenotype of less branching.

  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Lessons

    Genetically modified mosquitoes have been used to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they spread. But how can we tell if the method works? In this activity, students analyze data from a field experiment.

  • Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Lessons

    In this activity, students extend the concepts covered in the short film The Biology of Skin Color through the application of models and mathematical thinking to explain how genomic variation and human ancestry can explain differences in skin color, a polygenic trait.

  • Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Lessons

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and explores how experimental work in zebrafish led to a better understanding of the role of the gene SLC24A5 in human skin color.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Lessons

    Students are introduced to real-world examples of niche partitioning and cutting-edge technology used to give unprecedented insights into the feeding habits of wild animals.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Lessons

    Generate a histogram using a variety of methods.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Lessons

    Calculate t-values and perform t-tests using built-in functions.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • The Teosinte Hypothesis

    The Teosinte Hypothesis

    Lessons

    In this activity, students further explore the short film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn, by working through the mathematical concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 3 -- Column Graphs, Error Bars, and Standard Error of the Mean

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 3 -- Column Graphs, Error Bars, and Standard Error of the Mean

    Lessons

    Generate a column or bar graph with standard error bars.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 2 -- Autofill Data, Cell References, and Standard Deviation

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 2 -- Autofill Data, Cell References, and Standard Deviation

    Lessons

    Generate a table with autofill, and use absolute cell reference to calculate variance and standard deviation.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 1 -- Formulae, Functions, and Averages

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 1 -- Formulae, Functions, and Averages

    Lessons

    Use formulas and functions to calculate the mean and median.

  • How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    Lessons

    This activity uses data from a 2014 scientific paper to explore thermoregulation in living and extinct animals, including dinosaurs. 

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Lessons

    In this activity, students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs covered in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds.

  • Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

    Lessons

    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is a region with high ecological diversity that encompasses two distinct biomes. This activity introduces students to the concept of biomes in conjunction with the Gorongosa National Park interactive map click and learn

  • Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to use authentic scientific data to make claims about the threat of coral bleaching for reefs around the world.

  • Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Lessons

    This activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.

  • Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Lessons

    In this activity, students explore concepts covered in the short film Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture about the genetic variations associated with lactose tolerance/intolerance and how the trait is inherited in families.

  • Identifying Patterns in Observations

    Identifying Patterns in Observations

    Lessons

    This activity challenges students to identify observations that Darwin and Wallace made during their travels, as shown in the short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students then evaluate claims about evolution by natural selection based on these observations.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Lessons

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Pulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl Experiment

    Pulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl Experiment

    Lessons

    This activity can be used in conjunction with the short film The Double Helix. It introduces students to the classic experiment by Matthew Meselson and Franklin Stahl, which revealed that DNA replication follows the semiconservative model.

  • The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    This activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Lessons

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Lessons

    These two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    In this activity, students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between milk consumption and lactose tolerance discussed in the short film Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture.

  • Got Lactase? Blood Glucose Data Analysis

    Got Lactase? Blood Glucose Data Analysis

    Lessons

    Students interpret the results of two different tests for lactase persistence.

  • What is My Carbon Footprint?

    What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to calculate their carbon footprint using an online calculator.

  • Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

    Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

    Lessons

    In this activity, students apply concepts pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria explored in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

  • A Lesson on the Nature of Science

    A Lesson on the Nature of Science

    Lessons

    A worksheet designed to show students how scientists make their discoveries. It provides students with background information about how Dr. Allison's work built upon the contributions made by other scientists. 

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Lessons

    A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

  • Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Lessons

    A lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.

  • Testing a Hypothesis

    Testing a Hypothesis

    Lessons

    A worksheet designed to actively engage students as they watch the film. Students are asked to answer questions pertaining to the information provided in the film.

  • Following the Trail of Evidence

    Following the Trail of Evidence

    Lessons

    In this activity, students identify and explain the evidence presented in the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction.

  • Calculating Iridium Fallout From an Asteroid Impact

    Calculating Iridium Fallout From an Asteroid Impact

    Lessons

    A worksheet in which students calculate how much iridium was released, and eventually deposited all over the Earth, by the impact of the asteroid that caused the K-T extinction.

  • Distribution of Elements in Earth’s Crust

    Distribution of Elements in Earth’s Crust

    Lessons

    A lesson in which students read a passage and answer questions about the information presented, testing their non-fiction reading comprehension.

  • Chemical Signatures of Asteroid Impacts

    Chemical Signatures of Asteroid Impacts

    Lessons

    A lesson in which students analyze the chemical data that led researchers to conclude that the K-T boundary layer contained an extraordinary concentration of iridium. 

  • Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Lessons

    This activity engages students in analyzing authentic scientific data that explore the effects of different diets on the evolution of an enzyme that breaks down starch.

  • How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    Lessons

    A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia. 

  • Natural Selection and Evolution of Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Natural Selection and Evolution of Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Lessons

    An activity in which students analyze amino acid data and draw conclusions about the evolution of coat color phenotypes in different rock pocket mouse populations.

  • Biochemistry and Cell Signaling Pathway of the Mc1r Gene

    Biochemistry and Cell Signaling Pathway of the Mc1r Gene

    Lessons

    An advanced lesson that requires students to analyze partial DNA sequences of the Mc1r gene and identify the effects of mutations on the MC1R protein pathway.

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Lessons

    In these activities, students transcribe and translate portions of the rock pocket mouse Mc1r gene to further explore the genetic variations responsible for different coat colors as described in the short film Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation.

  • Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Lessons

    A lesson that uses real rock pocket mouse data collected by Dr. Michael Nachman and his colleagues to illustrate the Hardy-Weinberg principle.

  • The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    Lessons

    In this activity, students study the mosquito life cycle by breeding and observing them and then demonstrate how these data could be used to inform public policy.

  • Classroom Activities: Pedigree Analysis Activity

    Classroom Activities: Pedigree Analysis Activity

    Lessons

    To accompany the lecture series Learning from Patients: The Science of Medicine.

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